· mental health,Routines

I haven't used an alarm clock in years.

I haven't needed one.
Living in a boarding house means that I'm usually gently awakened by the sound of teens getting ready for school, showers running, doors closing, footsteps running all before the bell rings to let everyone know that they should be available for roll call in five minutes.
Yes, there's holidays, but they're not really long enough to change my sleep patterns too significantly before the boys return.
During lockdown, I've found that the complete silence in my house when we're asleep has led to a kind of jet lag effect. I'm staying up later and later on zoom calls, and getting up later and later as a consequence.
I don't like it.
I miss the mornings and I feel unproductive.
I asked on instagram stories who had a morning routine and overwhelmingly the response was that people had one before lockdown, but that they've lost it. Particularly people who had been furloughed. It's good to know I'm not alone!
After chatting with Jennie Read about it, she mentioned that she feels better after doing a 'Miracle Morning' with a friend on Facebook. I've heard lots about miracle mornings (if you're an entrepreneur you probably have too) but I've never really done it. I've decided to give it a try, and as an accountability measure (to make sure I don't bail too early) I've decided I'm going to do it on Facebook live, so that everyone will know if I don't!

I'd love it if you can join me. I'll have a little chime to let you know when we're changing activity and a prompt the tell you what we're doing next.

Just so you know, here's the rough routine I will be following:

  1. Wake up and drink a big glass of water (probably with some green mandarin as that's my current favourite flavour oil).
  2. Fill my diffuser with whatever blend I've decided that day (probably something citrus and uplifting)
  3. 07:00 Start my 10 minute timer and attempt to pray or meditate for 10 minutes (this takes practice, so don't worry if you find it hard! Even 30 seconds at a time is an achievement).
  4. 07:10 Recite affirmations for 10 minutes. I'd love you to share yours in the comments for inspiration. If you don't have any or you've never done it before, I'll have some prompts on the screen or you could try listening to some on this playlist I created of ready made affirmations I used when I first started this practice. 
  5. 07:20 Visualization - this is completely new to me. It's based on the same principle that athletes use to rehearse/imagine themselves doing something before they actually do it, which apparently increases likelihood of success. 
    The idea is that you imagine yourself achieving your goals, or succeeding in the steps you need to get there, so that it's easier and more natural for you to do those things later in the day. 
  6. 07:30 Exercise - don't be mad, you knew it was coming. This plan only has space for 10 minutes. You can do more later in the day if you want, this is just about getting your body moving first thing. Yoga, Pilates, Rebounding, Running, Stretching... it doesn't matter what you do, just get moving for 10 minutes. Here's a YouTube playlist of workouts that only take 10 minutes if you need something to follow. 
  7. 07:40 Reading time - fill your mind with new positive thoughts and ideas for the day. Again, if you're doing it live with me, let me know in the comments what you're reading. I love being inspired by new books and ideas for my reading list.
  8. 07:50 Journalling for ten minutes. It doesn't need to be meaningful or important, just get writing. It helps you to become more articulate and can be a valuable exercise for processing your thoughts. Maybe write a summary of what you just read if you're struggling to get started. 
I know most people do their miracle mornings at 5 am, but I'm a realist and not only will I burn out if I do that, but I need to be able to get my kids settled with an activity or my meditation is going to be interrupted every 30 seconds. If this sounds like something you want to join in too, but the time doesn't work for you, just replay the video. Maybe start a watch party so that your friends can do it live with you too.
There's something about doing it with a community that makes new habits so much more sustainable than trying to do them on your own.
There's something about doing it with a community that makes new habits so much more sustainable than trying to do them on your own.
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